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Thursday, 9 February 2012

  • Leading article: Boardroom equality won't happen on its own
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    When the Prime Minister moves so tentatively towards his declared goal, do not hold out much hope for significant change. Mr Cameron spoke in Sweden, where women hold a quarter of the boardroom posts. In Norway, where quotas came into force in 2008, ...

  • Sir Elton John: We must end the greed of these corporations
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    The cost of those drugs had fallen from nearly $500 a year to just $70 – thanks to the growth of the generic drugs industry in India. It meant that international donors could help Stella and four million other HIV-positive people in the developing wo...

  • Leading article: Argentinian signals that must not be misread
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Ms Kirchner was addressing a commemorative meeting that included a large number of 1982 military veterans. The Falklands War, it hardly needs to be stressed on either side of the Atlantic, was a conflict that Argentina both initiated and lost. It rem...

  • Simon Kelner: A renaissance man and a much-overlooked sport
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Britain has had its share of table tennis heroes: those of a certain vintage will remember the maverick champion Chester Barnes, and then there was Desmond Douglas, a torch-bearer for black sportsmen. More recently, the man who put the zing into ping...

  • Lisa Markwell: Who are the waiters in restaurants these days?
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Temperatures were well below freezing on Wednesday night and all right-minded souls were either at home with a slanket and soup, or heading there – for once delighted by the warming crush of the commuter train. But foodies in the capital have decreed...

  • Letters: Time to end the Big Six energy fix
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    In recent months energy companies have once again been exposed for overcharging customers and making excessive profits at the expense of ordinary people. Energy is an essential human need – we all require affordable energy to light and heat our hom...

  • Leading article: Time to end the Big Six's energy fix
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    More than 5.5 million households are now in fuel poverty – spending 10 per cent or more of their income on heating. With bills set to rise for the rest of this decade, as suppliers replace worn-out plants and invest in renewable energy, action is nee...

  • Ben Chu: Nation takes its medicine – but condition may worsen
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Will there be a sharp recovery of confidence in the markets in response? There wasn't much sign of it yesterday. A Greek deal had been pretty much "priced in" by investors, meaning there is unlikely to be any impressive rally from financial markets. ...

  • Caroline Lucas: A three-point plan that would fit the bill
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Something is going very wrong and it's time we did something about it. That's why today more than 100 public figures have launched a new cross-party campaign called End the Big Six Energy Fix. We are proposing three simple and sensible solutions. Fir...

  • Martin Hickman: Unbridled greed of Big Six cannot be tolerated in hard times
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    That they have become so dismal is probably not their fault: any industry dominated by so few players would be inclined towards mediocrity. The blame lies with Labour politicians and the regulator Ofgem, which was asleep on the job until 2010. For mo...

  • Patrick Strudwick: Ken's accusers are making a big mistake
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Countless right-wingers have decided that the "it" meant homosexuality. It didn't. But cold facts are the enemy of opportunism. And, so, in a jubilee of hypocrisy and idiocy, his opponents – from Louise Mensch MP to Brian Paddick to the Conservatives...

  • Joan McVittie: Plan might work for his pupils – but not for mine
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    However, many schools like my own are 11-16 only. My students are with me for five years and then move on to further education colleges, apprenticeships and jobs. These students would have no measure of attainment, externally validated, to mark the e...

  • Simon Kelner: When a little nudge is better than an outright demand
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    He wears his cycling outfit for meetings, he tells politicians not to wear ties, and spends much of his time with flow charts. Armando Iannucci, who created Pearson, clearly had Cameron's man in mind: the cycling, the casual wear, the eco-friendly sp...

  • Amol Rajan: Why Ed Miliband wants us to be more like Germany
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    In a global economy, where businesses have instant access to cheap labour, cheap technology, and cheap innovation in emerging markets, Western workers can't compete. If we're not prepared to be much more Chinese, I suggested, your average Brit is goi...

  • Letters: Making the roads safer for cyclists
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Every day more people are taking to two wheels. When you consider that 40 per cent of people over the age of 11 own a bike, and that two in five of all journeys taken in this country cover a distance of less than two miles, then the growth potentia...

  • Leading article: Hacking avoids its day in court
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    When their legal actions began, the civil courts seemed the only recourse. The police had seemed alarmingly uninterested in their complaints – an attitude the Metropolitan Police now admits was a mistake. Then early compensation deals left the impres...

  • Nicholas Shaxson: Why Monaco is the offshore choice for the elite (just don't call it a tax haven)
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Monaco, of course, is a notorious tax haven. Its biggest offering is its lack of income taxes for residents – and it will hand out residency permits to people who have enough cash to impress it and who can afford its property prices. The world's weal...

  • Viv Groskop: Page 3 is a fossil from a bygone era
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Women, in particular, it is implied, should have a bit more appreciation for The Sun's sterling efforts. Come on, ladies, what are you complaining about? We're just celebrating how great you look with your clothes off! And look how healthy our specim...

  • Deborah Ross: Support the women who always get it in the neck (except one)
    Friday, 10 February 2012

    Members thus far include Madonna, of course – "One day," she says, "I would like to breathe in and out, or put one leg in front of the other in the manner of someone walking, without getting it in the neck" – and Victoria Beckham, who always gets it ...

  • Leading article: From each according to his ability...
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    Now, the question will be asked whether HMRC was misguided in pursuing the case. Tax evasion is estimated to cost the public coffers billions and, in pursuing a relatively small amount from Mr Redknapp and still coming out on the losing side, the Rev...

  • David Usborne: Republicans can choose between scary, nuts, or Romney
    Thursday, 9 February 2012

    But there is a problem here and it came into focus on Tuesday night. What if the grassroots of the party just can't stomach Mitt whatever the media and the party elders tell them? What will the party do then?This could be the conundrum now. Romney wa...

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